2020 New Caledonian independence referendum

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An independence referendum was held in New Caledonia on 4 October 2020.[1] Independence was rejected, with 53.26% of voters choosing against such a change.[2] Turnout was 85.64%.

In accordance with the Nouméa Accord, New Caledonians are allowed up to three referendums on independence; the first in 2018, then two more in 2020 and 2022 if the previous ones had not resulted in independence, but one-third of members of the Congress of New Caledonia voted for another one.[3] The first was held in November 2018, with voters rejecting independence by 57–43%.

In 2019, members of the Caledonian Union, Future with Confidence, the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) and the National Union for Independence requested another referendum be held.[4]

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  1. Nouvelle-Calédonie. Le référendum sur l’indépendance se déroulera le 4 octobre (in French) Ouest France, 24 June 2020
  2. "New Caledonia referendum: South Pacific territory rejects independence from France". BBC News. 4 October 2020. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  3. New Caledonia referendum: call to reject 'colonising power' France The Guardian, 17 July 2018
  4. Le Deuxième référendum Archived 2020-05-31 at the Wayback Machine Élections NC